Arthritis happens to cats just as it happens to humans. Arthritis in cats is caused by the deterioration of the cartilages between bones. When deterioration occurs, the joints become less flexible thereby causing pain and stiffness.
Cats could develop arthritis at any joint although it occurs most frequently around the elbows and hips. They also tend to hide signs of pain thus making the pet arthritis harder for the cat owner to detect.
Arthritis in cats symptoms
The signs of arthritis in cats include difficulty going up staircases, limping, stiffness in the legs, hesitation to jump up and down, reduced levels of activity, more sleep, and less time spent on their grooming.
If you are unsure about whether your cat is feeling pain or discomfort, it is advised that you consult your veterinarian, who will thoroughly assess and examine the cat, conclusively determine whether the cat is in pain or not, and provide suggestions on how to help manage the pain.
Treatment for arthritis in cats
When your cat has been conclusively diagnosed with arthritis, it is recommended that you sit down with your veterinarian to discuss arthritis medicine for cats. Your vet doctor will assess your cat to determine the severity and extent of arthritis and may prescribe medication to relieve pain.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are usually prescribed for cat arthritis due to their high effectiveness at controlling pain and inflammation of joints.
A note of caution to cat owners though, they should only administer medications that have been recommended by the vet doctor. More importantly, they should resist the urge to give their cat medications meant for humans as they could have disastrous consequences for the cat. A regular dose of NSAID for a human being could destroy the kidney of a cat or even kill it in extreme cases.
Cats suffering from arthritis will also benefit from dietary supplements that help support the joints such as chondroitin, glucosamine, and omega-3 fatty acids. However, the veterinarian must prescribe them to the cat before they are given to the cat.
How long can a cat live with arthritis?
Cat arthritis is a progressive disease that causes the joints to deteriorate over time. Unfortunately, there is no cure for it. However, as long as you work in tandem with the recommendations of your veterinarian, there is nothing stopping your cat from enjoying a good quality of life especially if arthritis has not gotten to advanced stages before detection.
Stem cell therapy
Stem cell therapy has gained popularity in recent times due to its ease, minimal invasiveness, and success rate. The stem cell possesses regenerative properties and is usually injected into the body to repair joints, ligaments, and muscles that may have been damaged by arthritis or injury.
Most pet owners visit the safari veterinary care center daily for this procedure because of the relatively affordable price, quality of equipment, and professionalism of the staff.
In fact, I was mildly amused when I heard the clinic referred to as stem cell safari by people within my vicinity in league city, Texas.